Since launching this project over a year ago, a significant portion of my work has gone towards presenting materials – such as lists of recent academic publications on anime/manga, that until now, have not been available anywhere publicly. With the lists now complete going back to 2010 – I can begin moving into the project’s next stage. This will involve going back into my own archives and the legacy Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research to extract and present lists of English-language scholarship on anime/manga published prior to 2010 – all the to 1977 – the year that the first such paper that I’m aware of was published. And, right now, I am pleased to be able to present the 2009 edition of the Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies.

As with all other editions of the Bibliography, it is also available as a separate page. Any further updates will be reflected on that page only, not in this post.


In terms of new publications on anime/manga, 2009 definitely stood out for the relatively large number of books that were published over the course of the year. These included two separate monographs on the life and works of “God of manga” Osamu Tezuka, Thomas Lamarre’s intensely theoretical The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation, with its strong call to shift the focus in anime studies away from an emphasis on either textual or anthropological/sociological readings, and towards an analysis that builds on the unique qualities of animation as an art form and a way of representation, two separate personal testimonials by anime industry professionals, and even a pair of titles on anime/manga in the Rough Guides series of popular reference handbooks. In addition, the year saw over 20 individual chapters on anime in various essay collections, and some 70 individual peer-reviewed articles, once again in a wide range of journals in fields including animation studies, comics studies, Asian/East Asian/Japanese studies, film studies, education, literature, media studies, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences.

BooksEssay CollectionsBook Chapters
Journal Special/Theme IssuesArticlesOther Publications

Books (Total published: 13)

Bitz, Michael. Manga High: Literacy, identity and coming of age in an urban high school. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Cavallaro, Dani. Anime and memory: Aesthetic, cultural and thematic perspectives. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Cavallaro, Dani. The art of Studio Gainax: Experimentation, style and innovation at the leading edge of anime. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Clements, Jonathan. Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the anime and manga trade. London: Titan Books.

Ingulsrud, John E., & Allen, Kate. Reading Japan Cool: Patterns of manga literacy and discourse. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Ladd, Fred, with Harvey Deneroff. Astro Boy and anime come to America: An insider’s view of the birth of a pop culture phenomenon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Lamarre, Thomas. The anime machine: A media theory of animation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

McCarthy, Helen. The art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga. New York: Abrams ComicArts.

Odell, Colin, & LeBlanc, Michelle. Studio Ghibli: The films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Harpenden, UK: Kamera Books.

Onoda Power, Natsu. God of comics: Osamu Tezuka and the creation of post-World War II manga. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Osmond, Andrew. Satoshi Kon: The illusionist. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press.

Richmond, Simon. The rough guide to anime. London: Rough Guides.

Yadao, Jason. The rough guide to manga. London: Rough Guides.

Essay Collections (Total published: 1)

Mechademia, Volume 4: War/Time

Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts is a unique ongoing “monographic series” of essay collections. Every year’s volume is based around a specific theme, and includes original peer-reviewed essays as well as non-scholarly content such as interviews, comics, and photography. Many (though not all) volumes also feature translations of materials originally published in Japanese, both stand-alone articles, and excepts from longer works.

Book Chapters (Total published: 22)

Brenner, Robin. Japanese manga. In Martha Cornog & Timothy Perper (Eds.), Graphic novels beyond the basics: Insights and issues for libraries (pp. 25-44). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Broderick, Michael. Making things new: Regeneration and transcendence in anime. In John Wallis & Kenneth G.C. Newport (Eds.), The end all around us: Apocalyptic texts and popular culture (pp. 120-147). London: Equinox. [Appleseed, Akira, Spriggan]

deWinter, Jennifer. Aesthetic reproduction in Japanese computer culture: The dialectical histories of manga, anime, and computer games. In Judd Ethan Ruggill, Ken S. McAllister, & Joseph R. Chaney (Eds.), The computer culture reader (pp. 108-124). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ford, Paul J. Hacking the mind: Existential enhancement in Ghost in the Shell. In Sandra Shapshay (Ed.), Bioethics at the movies (pp. 156-169). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Furo, Hiroko. Using anime as a teaching tool in US undergraduate courses. In Proceedings of the WorldCALL 2008 Conference (pp. 142-145). Tokyo: The Japan Association for Language Education & Technology.

Gossin, Pamela. Interdisciplinary meets cross-cultural: Teaching anime and manga on a science and technology campus. In Judd Ethan Ruggill, Ken S. McAllister, & Joseph R. Chaney (Eds.), The computer culture reader (pp. 288-298). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hutchinson, Rachael. Teaching manga: Considerations and class exercises. In Stephen E. Tabachnik (Ed.), Teaching the graphic novel (pp. 262-271). New York: Modern Language Association.

Ishikawa, Yu. Yaoi: Fan art in Japan. In Comparative studies on urban cultures: Compilation of papers and seminar proceedings (pp. 37-42). Osaka: Osaka City University.

Lackner, Eden Lee. Anime and manga. In Robin Anne Reid (Ed.), Women in science fiction and fantasy (pp. 123-134). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Liscutin, Nicola. Surfing the neo-nationalist wave. In Chris Berry, Nicola Liscutin, & Jonathan D. Mackintosh (Eds.), Cultural studies and cultural industries in Northeast Asia: What a difference a region makes (pp. 171-194). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Mouer, Ross, & Norris, Craig. Exporting Japan’s culture: From management style to manga. In Yoshio Sugimoto (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to modern Japanese culture (pp. 352-368). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Napier, Susan. Oshii Mamoru. In Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts & Sherryl Vint (Eds.), Fifty key figures in science fiction (pp. 176-181). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Norris, Craig. Manga, anime and visual art culture. In Yoshio Sugimoto (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to modern Japanese culture (pp. 236-360). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Nuckolls, Charles. The cartoon nationalism of contemporary Japan. In Colette Balmain & Lois Drawmer (Eds.), Something wicked this way comes: Essays on evil and human wickedness (pp. 61-78). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [Yoshinori Kobayashi, Sensoron]

Orbaugh, Sharalynn. Manga and anime. In Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts & Sherryl Vint (Eds.), The Routledge companion to science fiction (pp. 112-122). Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Pang, Laikwan. The transgression of sharing and copying: Pirating Japanese animation in China. In Chris Berry, Nicola Liscutin, & Jonathan D. Mackintosh (Eds.), Cultural studies and cultural industries in Northeast Asia: What a difference a region makes (pp. 119-134). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Poitras, Gilles. Japanese anime. In Martha Cornog & Timothy Perper (Eds.), Graphic novels beyond the basics: Insights and issues for libraries (pp. 193-210). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Russell, Keith. The glimpse and fanservice in anime and manga: Looking as a poetic. In From power 2 empowerment: Critical literacy in visual culture. Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on The Critical Examination of Visual Literacy (pp. 90-100). Denton, TX: University of North Texas Department of Design.

Saito, Tamaki. The asymmetry of masculine/feminine otaku sexuality: Moe, yaoi and phallic girls. In A. Zohard (Ed.). PostGender: Gender, sexuality and performativity in Japanese culture (pp. 155-170). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Shinohara, Kazuko, & Matsunaka, Yoshihiro. Pictorial metaphors of emotion in Japanese comics. In Charles J. Forceville & Eduardo Urios-Aparisi (Eds.), Multimodal metaphor (pp. 265-296). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Swinnen, Aagje. “One nice thing about getting old is that nothing frightens you”: From page to screen: Rethinking women’s old age in Howl’s Moving Castle. In Heike Hartung & Robert Maienhofer (Eds.), Narratives of life: Mediating age (pp. 167-182). Vienna: Lit Verlag.

Thomas, Jolyon Baraka. Religion in Japanese film: Focus on anime. In John Lyden (Ed.), The Routledge companion to religion and film (pp. 193-213). Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Journal Special/Theme Issues (Total articles published: 10)

Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

Issue 20 – Japanese Transnational Fandoms and Female Consumers

McLelland, Mark. (A)cute confusion: The unpredictable journey of Japanese popular culture.

Aoyama, Tomoko. Eureka discovers culture girls, fujoshi, and BL: Essay review of three issues of the Japanese literary magazine Yuriika (Eureka).

Freeman, Alisa. Train Man and the gender politics of Japanese ‘otaku’ culture: The rise of new media, nerd heroes and consumer communities.

Hjorth, Larissa. Gamer girl: Re-imagining Japanese gender and gaming via Melbourne female cosplayers.

Norris, Craigs, & Bainbridge, Jason. Selling otaku? Mapping the relationship between industry and fandom in the Australian cosplay scene.

Mackie, Vera. Transnational bricolage: Gothic Lolita and the political economy of fashion.

Nagaike, Kazumi. Elegant Caucasians, amorous Arabs, and invisible Others: Signs and images of foreigners in Japanese BL manga.

Pagliassotti, Dru. GloBLisation and hybridization: Publishers’ strategies for bringing Boys’ Love to the United States.

Liu, Ting. Conflicting discourses on Boys’ Love and subcultural tactics in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Malone, Paul M. Home-grown shojo manga and the rise of Boys’ Love among Germany’s ‘Forty-Niners’.

Articles (Total published: 70)

Allison, Anne. The cool brand, affective activism, and Japanese youth. Theory, Culture & Society, 26(2-3), 89-111.

Barkman, Adam. Platonic eros, Ottonian numinous and spiritual longing in otaku culture. Journal for the Renewal of Religion and Theology, 5. [Reprinted in Culturas y Religion, 3(2), 319-331; reprinted in Marburg Journal of Religion15(1)]

Bigelow, Susan J. Technologies of perception: Miyazaki in theory and practice. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), 55-75.

Bingham, Adam. Distant voices, still lives: Love, loss and longing in the work of Makoto Shinkai. Asian Cinema, 20(2), 217-225.

Black, Rebecca W. English-language learners, fan communities, and 21st-century skills. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(8), 688-697.

Black, Rebecca W. Online fan fiction, global identities, and imagination. Research in the Teaching of English, 43(4), 397-425.

Boldt, Gail A. Theorizing passionate love in reading: A social-psychoanalytic theory. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 4(4), 246-263.

Botzakis, Stergios. Adult fans of comic books: What they get out of reading. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(1), 50-59.

Brienza, Casey. Books, not comics: Publishing fields, globalization, and Japanese manga in the United States. Publishing Research Quarterly, 25(2), 101-117.

Brienza, Casey. Paratexts in translation: Reintepreting “manga” for the United States. The International Journal of the Book, 6(2), 13-20.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Broderick, Michael. Superflat eschatology: Renewal and religion in anime. Animation Studies, Special Issue: Animated Dialogues, 2007, 29-45.

Bryce, Mio, & Katayama, Hane. Performativity of Japanese laughter. International Journal of the Humanities, 6(9), 125-132.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Buljan, Katherine. The uncanny and the robot in the Astro Boy episode “Franken”. Animation Studies, Special Issue: Animated Dialogues, 2007, 46-54.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Chen, Hsiao-Ping. Using manga to teach superheros: Implications for the classroomColleagues4(2), 12-18.

Choo, Kukhee. The influence of anime and video games on US film media. Post Script, 28(2), 28-37.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Chung, Sheng Kuan. Autobiographical portraits of four female adolescents: Implications for teaching critical visual culture. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(11)

Condry, Ian. Anime creativity: Characters and premises in the quest for cool Japan. Theory, Culture & Society, 26(2-3), 139-163.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Corbett, Austin. Beyond Ghost in the (human) shell. Journal of Evolution & Technology, 20(1), 43-50.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Darlington, Tanya. The queering of Haruhi Fujioka: Cross-dressing, camp and commoner culture in Ouran High School Host Club. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, 4(3).

DeWeese-Boyd, Ian. Shojo savior: Princess Nausicaa, ecological pacificism, and the Green Gospel. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 21(2).

Dunscomb, Paul. Anime and manga 101: A primer for the confused or curious, Asian Educational Media Service News and Reviews, 31, 5, 8. *** OPEN ACCESS TO COMPLETE ISSUE ***

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Endo, Yukihide. An examination of the human soul that dwells within the machine as exemplified by The Ghost in the Shell. Bulletin of Liberal Arts, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 23.

de Fren, Allison. Technofetishism and the uncanny desires of A.S.F.R. ( Science Fiction Studies, 36(3), 404-440.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Galbraith, Patrick W. Moe: Exploring virtual potential in post-millennial Japan. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Gan, Sheuo Hui. To be or not to be: The controversy in Japan over the “anime” label. Animation Studies, 4, 35-43.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Gardner, William. The Cyber Sublime and the Virtual Mirror: Information and media in the works of Oshii Mamoru and Kon Satoshi. Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 18(1), 44-70.

Goldstein, Lisa, & Phelan, Molly. Are you there God? It’s me, manga: Manga as an extension of young adult literature. Young Adult Library Services, 7(4), 32-38.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Goto-Jones, Christopher. Beyond utopia: New politics, the politics of knowledge, and the science fictional field of Japan. Asiascape Occasional Papers, 5, 1-14.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Griffith, John Lance. Integration and inversion: Western medieval knights in Japanese manga and anime. Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, 17(1), 89-119.

Griffith, John Lance. The world and Japan: Animated anxiety in a global age. National Central University Journal of Humanities, 39, 1-54.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Hanada, Mariko. The cultural transfer in anime translation. Translation Journal, 13(2).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** He, Xinyuan. Mixing them together: Discursive and intertextual elements in contemporary anime and manga. La Trobe Papers in Linguistics, 12.

Holmberg, Ryan. Hear no, speak no: Sasaki Maki manga and nansensu, circa 1970. Japan Forum, 21(1), 115-141.

Hong, Christine. Flashforward democracy: American exceptionalism and the atomic bomb in Barefoot Gen. Comparative Literature Studies, 46(1), 125-155.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ishii, Anne. Medical manga come to America. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 180(5), 542-543. [Black Jack]

Ito, Kinko. New trends in the production of Japanese ladies’ comics: Diversification and catharsis. Japan Studies Review, 13, 111-130. *** OPEN ACCESS TO COMPLETE ISSUE ***

Johnson, Henry. Animating and educating Japan: Nitaboh, music, and cultural nationalism. Animation Journal, 17, 52-71.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Landa, Amanda. Beautiful girls as beautiful boys: Transcultural shoujo subgenres and gender performance. Flow, 10.07. [Ouran High School Host Club]

Lee, Hye-Kyung. Between fan culture and copyright infringement: Manga scanlation. Media Culture & Society, 31(6), 1011-1022.

Lefevre, Pascal. Kawaguchi’s Zipang, an alternate Second World War. Quaderns Filologia. Estudies Literaris, 14, 61-71.

Liu, Joyce C. H. Immanentism, double abjection, and the politics of psyche in (post)colonial Taiwain. Positions: Asia Critique, 17(2), 261-287.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Lo, Kwai-Cheung. Japanese manga, Hong Kong films, and the “unity” of Asia. Asia Japan Journal, 4, 67-77.

Lu, Amy Shirong. What race do they represent and does mine have anything to do with it? Perceived racial categories of anime characters. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(2), 169-190.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Macneill, David. Modern life is rubbish: Miyazaki Hayao returns to old-fashioned filmmaking. The Asia-Pacifc Journal: Japan Focus.

Manifold, Marjorie Cohee. Fanart as craft and the creation of culture. International Journal of Education Through Art, 5(1), 7-21.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Manovich, Lev. The practice of everday (media) life: From mass consumption to mass cultural production? Critical Inquiry, 35(2), 319-331.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Mason, Michele. Writing Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 21st century: A new generation of historical manga. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Matsuoka, Reiko, Smith, Ian, & Uchimura, Mari. Discourse analysis of encouragement in Japanese healthcare comic books. The Journal of Nursing Studies: National College of Nursing, Japan, 8(1), 31-42

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Murakami, Satsuki, & Bryce, Mio. Manga as an educational medium. International Journal of the Humanities, 7(10), 47-56.

O’Hagan, Minako. Evolution of user-generated translation: Fansubs, translation hacking and crowdsourcing. Journal of Internationalisation and Localisation, 1, 94-121.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Okamoto, Takeshi. A study on impact of anime on tourism in Japan: A case of “anime pilgrimage”. Web-Journal of Tourism and Cultural Studies, 13, 1-9.

Ortega-Brena, Mariana. Peek-a-boo, I see you: Watching Japanese hard-core animation. Sexuality & Culture, 13(1), 17-31.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Penney, Matthew. Nationalism and anti-Americanism in Japan: Manga wars, Aso, Tamogami, and progressive alternatives. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Penney, Matthew, & Wakefield, Bryce. Right angles: Examining accounts of Japanese neo-nationalism. Pacific Affairs, 81(4), 537-555.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Perper, Timothy, & Cornog, Martha. Plucky heroines from Haggard to Hikaru and Buffy. The Valve: A Literary Organ.

Pike, Sarah M. “Why Prince Charles instead of “Princess Mononoke?”: The absence of children and popular culture in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 77(1), 66-72.

Prince, Stephen. Mecha-samurai: Kurosawa in the world of anime. Post Script, 28(2), 50-58.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Rivera Rusca, Renato. The otaku in transition. Journal of Kyoto Seika University, 35, 193-205.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Rusch, Adam. Otaku creations: The participatory culture of fansubbing. Kinephanos, 1(1).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Shoji, Kaori. Permanently set to extra low. The Japan Journal, 5(9).

Simmons, Mary, & O’Briant, Beth. Journey into the world of manga and graphic novels. Library Media Connection, 27(4), 16-17.

Sorensen, Lars-Martin. The bestseller recipe: A natural explanation of the global success of anime. Post Script, 28(2), 16-27.

Steinberg, Marc. Anytime, anywhere: Tetsuwan Atomu stickers and the emergence of character merchandizing. Theory, Culture & Society, 26(2-3), 113-138.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Suzuki, Ayumi. A nightmare of capitalist Japan: Spirited Away. Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 51.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** van Staden, Cobus. Heidi in Japan: What do anime dreams of Europe mean for non-Europeans? The Newsletter, Institute for International Asian Studies, 50, 24.

Vang, Mai Cha. Trauma and resilience: What we can learn from Naruto. University of St. Thomas McNair Scholars Program Research Journal, 1, 52-59.

Wood, Chris. The European fantasy space and identity construction in Porco Rosso. Post Script, 28(2), 112-120.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Yamamura, Takayoshi. Anime pilgrimage and local tourism promotion: An experience of Washimiya Town, the Sacred Place for anime “Lucky Star” fans. Web-Journal of Tourism and Cultural Studies, 14, 1-9.

Zanghellini, Aleardo. ‘Boys love’ in anime and manga: Japanese subcultural production and its end users. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23(3), 279-294.

Zanghellini, Aleardo. Underage sex and romance in Japanese homoerotic manga and anime. Social & Legal Studies: An International Journal, 18(2), 157-177.

Other Publications

Condry, Ian. Teaching anime: Exploring a transnational and transmedia movement. About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource.

Dujarric, Robert, & Hagiu, Andrei. Capitalizing on innovation: The case of Japan. Harvard Business School Working Paper 09-114.

Li, Xioachang. More than money can buy: Locating value in spreadable media. Convergence Culture Consortium Research Paper.

Matsui, Takeshi. The diffusion of foreign cultural products: The case analysis of Japanese comics (manga) market in the U.S. Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies Working Paper No. 37.

Palmer, Ada. Film is alive: The manga roots of Osamu Tezuka’s animation obsession. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.

3 Comments on Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies – 2009 Ed.

    • Thank you for letting me know. Though, this is where I get to apply editorial judgment/warrant. My goal is a bibliography of academic writing and other in-depth discussion, not “all publications” (that mention manga). Yes, there are always boundary cases…but this article, while perfectly fine, and valuable in its own way, is just not in-depth enough to qualify for inclusion.

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